Home Schooling Statistics
Homeschooling Research and Facts
There are 2.040 million students from grades K-12 homeschooling as of spring 2010. That is a lot of kids!
- The median income for home-educating families was similar to all married-couple families nationwide with one or more related children under age 18.
- These homeschool families are notably larger - 68.1% have three or more children - than families nationwide.
(I find it humorous that they felt 3 or more children is "notably" larger.)
- Almost all homeschool students (97.9%) are in married couple families. Most home school mothers (81%) do not participate in the labor force; almost all home school fathers (97.6%) do work for pay.
- Homeschool student achievement test scores are exceptionally high. The mean scores for every subtest (which are at least the 80th percentile) are well above those of public school students.
What about College?
- Homeschooling did not significantly contribute to the fall-to-fall retention or four-year graduation models. That is, having been home educated had neither a positive nor a negative impact.
- Homeschool students reported a significantly higher ACT-Composite score when compared to the overall group.
- Home educated students earned more college credit prior to their freshman year when compared to the overall population.
- Home educated students earned higher first-year and fourth-year GPAs
- Homeschool students earned a significantly higher fall semester GPA when compared to the overall group.
- Homeschool students earned a higher first-year GPA compared to the overall group.
- Home educated students earned a significantly higher fourth-year GPA when compared to the freshman cohort.
I also noted some interesting comments made in a study by the British Educational Research Association.
On the questionnaires 19% of families believed their children would suffer if the parents did not find friends for them, although this 'left out' feeling was very much a parental issue and not one echoed by the children.
About half the home-educators found home-education not as they expected. It was either more fun, more demanding or both. Nevertheless, few parents made negative comments about home-educating.
For more home schooling statistics check these sources.
NHERI - National Home Education Research Institute
National Center for Education Statistics
Home-Education: Aims, Practices and Outcomes - Paula Rothermel University of Durham, 2002